149A.94 FINAL DISPOSITION.
Subdivision 1. Generally.
Every dead human body lying within the state, except unclaimed
bodies delivered for dissection by the medical examiner, those delivered for anatomical study
pursuant to section
149A.81, subdivision 2
, or lawfully carried through the state for the purpose
of disposition elsewhere; and the remains of any dead human body after dissection or anatomical
study, shall be decently buried, entombed, or cremated, within a reasonable time after death.
Where final disposition of a body will not be accomplished within 72 hours following death or
release of the body by a competent authority with jurisdiction over the body, the body must
be properly embalmed or refrigerated. A body may not be kept in refrigeration for a period
exceeding six calendar days from the time of death or release of the body from the coroner
or medical examiner.
Subd. 2.[Repealed, 2007 c 114 s 75
Subd. 3. Permit required.
No dead human body shall be buried, entombed, or cremated
without a disposition permit. The disposition permit must be filed with the person in charge of the
place of final disposition. Where a dead human body will be transported out of this state for final
disposition, the body must be accompanied by a certificate of removal.
Subd. 4. Cremation.
Inurnment of cremated remains and release to an appropriate
party is considered final disposition and no further permits or authorizations are required for
transportation, interment, entombment, or placement of the cremated remains, except as provided
149A.95, subdivision 16
History: 1997 c 215 s 40; 2005 c 106 s 63; 2007 c 114 s 62,63; 2007 c 120 art 2 s 2
The amendment to subdivision 1 by Laws 2007, chapter 120, article 2, section 2, is
effective April 1, 2008. Laws 2007, chapter 120, article 2, section 5.